Since everyone loves a mystery, since next Saturday is Bastille Day… I thought I would write a blog on Georgetown, NY and a man who many believe escaped from France to avoid the “Guillotine” and the powers that ceased the rule of the Bourbons.
The following Wednesday evening…July 18.. I will be giving a lecture on Rt 26 in Eaton at 7 pm at the Old Auction barn on Muller. We will be serving ice cream and French pies and goodies before to mark the occasion…so join us! Learn more!
Many fugitives from the ”Rein of Terror” actually came to New York State, since Americans welcomed the French who helped them win their independence from England in the Revolutionar
Large numbers of French royalty and their courtiers moved into upper New York State and one who called himself Louis Muller settled here in our area. It was said that he often stopped in his journeys at the old Sage Tavern in Eaton.
One of the Chenango Twenty Towns, Georgetown was formed from the two adjoining towns of DeRuyter and Cazenovia that were originally named Tromptown and Roadtown. Within its vast forest borders came a mysterious gentleman by the name of Louis Anthe Muller who in 1808 purchased 2,700 acres of land and built his “Muller Mansion.”
Through the years his true identity has lured people and historians who have worked diligently to try and solve the mystery. Muller Mansion was built like a fortress from slabs of cherry wood that were 11 feet high and up to 12 inches in thickness. The structure (house) was massive for its day measuring approximately 30 by 70 feet and had built into it what many described as an escape-way in the basement.
Some believe Muller was Charles X in hiding, others think that he was a much wanted military escapee of the “Reign of Terror” in France and an enemy of Napoleon… whatever the case the truth has never been known without question.